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Day Watch

To protect his son, who has come under the dark side's control, Anton (Konstantin Khabensky) seeks an ancient artifact that threatens to upset an uneasy peace with the light side -- putting Moscow at risk for a devastating cataclysm. Anton finds himself in the middle of a mythic conflict between the forces of light and dark in this sequel to Night Watch, the surprise supernatural hit thriller from Russia.
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Netflix Rating: 3.5
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 64%
Critics' score: 64   Audience score: 68   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Narrative incoherence continues to reign supreme. full review

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Although more flashily assembled, pic's relentless onslaught charms less over a running time almost 25 minutes longer. full review

Leslie Felperin, Variety

Day Watch deploys head-spinning cinematography and cool special effects. It's a trippy affair, even if it's just about impossible to track. full review

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

Madly over-plotted, with overlapping time frames and puzzling sub-plots, it makes no concessions to neophytes. full review

Nigel Floyd, Time Out

[Director] Bekmambetov is a reckless and juvenile storyteller with a regrettable knack for empty spectacle. full review

Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times

It delivers more cutting-edge eye candy but defies any attempt at understanding. full review

Peter Debruge, Miami Herald

A noisy, incoherent, droning spectacle. full review

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle

At 2 hours and 20 minutes, this zippy follow-up to Night Watch delivers a killer pace, blasts of heavy-metal, vexed characters, and gory allegory wherein occult terrorists suck blood, cast spells and escape to a spooky zone known as the Gloom. full review

Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times

Every bit as puzzling as its predecessor, but it's shot in such a bold, crazy way that you have to admire its pure audacity. full review

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic

Spectaculars don't come much more bombastic than this goth-Russian supernatural epic.

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

One hell of a movie. full review

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

Maybe they didn't invent the vampire movie. But thanks to Night Watch and now Day Watch, the Russians certainly have the last word in it. full review

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

In comparison [to Night Watch], Day Watch is straightforward, explaining what's gone before while telling a fantastical story and having fun doing it. full review

Malene Arpe, Toronto Star

It's a playful, surrealistic antidote to standard genre entertainment. full review

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger

It's exhausting just trying to imagine what 46-year-old director Timur Bekmambetov would do with Hollywood money. Yet, as puffed up as it is, Day Watch is redeemed by its sardonic, Slavic take on the end of the world. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

To the credit of [director] Timur Bekmambetov, it is possible to dive into the second chapter of the ambitious, visually dazzling Russian fantasy trilogy that began with 2004's Night Watch without feeling completely adrift. full review

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press

Were I to tell you the summer's most awesome blockbuster action sequel involved a war over a piece of chalk, you'd laugh. But it's true. full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

Day Watch may not suit everyone, but it opens a big can of Russian whoop-de-whoop on anyone willing to take it. full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Its imagination is limited. The backstory is shallow and pat. Its characters are mostly one-note. And everything goes on much too long at 133 minutes.

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

This sequel reprises the original's conceit that if you just throw a lot of cool fantasy ballyhoo together, who cares if coherence becomes collateral damage? [This] is what you'd imagine it's like being stuck inside the head of a geeky 12-year-old boy. full review

Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
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  • Release Year: 2006
  • MPAA Rating: UR
  • Runtime: 145 min
  • Available From: May 02, 2013
  • Queued by: 847 people
Directed By
Timur Bekmambetov
Cast
Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov, Mariya Poroshina, Viktor Verzbitsky, Galina Tyunina, Aleksei Chadov, Yegor Dronov, Zhanna Friske, Dmitry Martynov
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